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Idaho Lottery Kicks-off 30th Anniversary with Commemorative Scratch Game
BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô The Idaho Lottery is commemorating thirty years of success with the debut of their special edition, commemorative 30th Anniversary family of Scratch Games, including one game with a top prize of $300,000. Today's announcement starts a five-month campaign to celebrate the Idaho Lottery's thirtieth year of operations.
"The success of the Lottery over the past three decades has been truly remarkable," stated Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "To be approaching nine hundred million dollars in returned dividends to the public schools and permanent buildings of Idaho in just thirty years has certainly exceeded the expectations of those who created the Lottery in 1989."
The Idaho Lottery sold their first $1 Scratch ticket, Idaho Match 3, to Idaho billionaire J.R. Simplot during a ceremony on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol on July 19, 1989. Since that time, the Idaho Lottery has generated over $3.7 billion in revenue through an extensive network of nearly 1,200 retail locations statewide.
In thirty years, the Idaho Lottery has awarded more than $2.2 billion in player prizes, paid over $216 million in retailer commissions, and returned $846 million in dividends to the Idaho Public School Building account and the Idaho State Permanent Building Fund.
"We have three, commemorative games with top prizes that range from $30,000 all the way to $300,000", described Anderson. "Each game also has offers second chance prizes for non-winning tickets worth $3,000 and $30,000. These games really are a thank you to our players, our retail partners, and our beneficiaries."
For a limited edition print run of only 500,000 tickets, the new $30, 30th Anniversary Scratch Game went on sale Wednesday statewide and carries two top prizes of $300,000. The game, printed on holographic paper, has over $11 million in prizes. The family of games also includes a $10 anniversary game with a top prize of $100,000 and a $5 anniversary game with a top prize of $30,000.
To further enhance this year's celebration, beginning on March 15, 2019, and then once every two weeks until the Lottery's celebration date on July 19, 2019, the Lottery will be awarding one lucky player with a prize of $3,000. Players wishing to participate in the second chance draw may enter their alphanumeric code from the front of any of their 30th Anniversary tickets on the Idaho Lottery's website at www.idaholottery.com. When the game officially ends, the Lottery will hold a second chance draw for all the entries and award one lucky player $30,000.
"To all our players and all our retail partners, thank you. We hope all of Idaho will take a moment to join us in celebrating thirty great years of entertainment from your Idaho Lottery," added Anderson. "And please, when you play, please do so responsibly."
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